Romania v Netherlands: Euro 2024, last 16 – live

Key events

39 min: The substitute is immediately spun by Memphis Depay, who picks out Simons at the byline. His rabona pull-back is put out for another Dutch corner, which the PSG man takes. Romania clear again.

37 min: Already without their suspended first choice left-back, Nicusor Bancu, Romania lose his replacement. Bogdan Racovitzan comes on and slots in at centre-back, with Andrei Burca moving to left-back.

34 min: A good Gakpo cross into the Romania penalty area is headed clear, then Ianis Hagi helps the ball upfield. Romania are currently down to 10 men, with their left-back Vasile Mogos off the field getting treatment for an injury. Hagi is deputising for him at the moment.

31 min: A brilliant low ball squared towards Depay by Dumfries is crucially cut out by Dragusin, who was facing his own goal and could have diverted the ball into his own gaping goal. It’s excellent defending and he gets away with conceding a corner. Romania clear their lines again but they’re on the ropes.

30 min: Dumfries is picked out by Tijani Reijnders with a good ball down the right. His low cross into the Romania penalty area is put out for another corner. Nothing comes of it but that early goal has clearly settled early Dutch nerves. Ronald Koeman’s team are very much in the ascendency now.

28 min: Bergwijn wins a free-kick for the Dutch out by the right touchline, drawing the foul from Dennis Dragus. Depay’s delivery into the Romania penalty area is cleared.

26 min: Netherlands corner. A completely unmarked Stefan De Vrij gets a free downward header at the far post but sends his effort into the side-netting. It’s a let-off for Romania.

24 min: While it might be a stretch to say that goal came against the run of play, Romania were doing very well before that setback. They react well, with Dennis Man running on to a ball squared his way by Hagi but sending his shot across the face of goal wide under presuure from Stefan De Vrij, who’d tracked his run.

21 min: It may be an unhappy birthday for Florin Nita tomorrow, as it looks like he should have done better. He left a small gap between himself and his near post as Gakpo cut inside Andre Ratiu and the Dutch winger took full advantage. Perhaps the goalkeeper wasn’t expecting him to shoot so quickly.

GOAL! Romania 0-1 Netherlands (Gakpo 20)

The Netherlands lead! Cody Gakpo puts them ahead with a fine strike, cutting inside a Romanian defender from the left and beating Florin Nita at his near post.

Cody Gakpo strikes to give the Netherlands the lead! Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
That’s the third goal of the tournament for the Liverpool man. He’s now joint-leader in the race for the golden boot. Photograph: Álex Caparrós/UEFA/Getty Images

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18 min: The Netherlands play a diagonal over the top of Romania’s high defensive line and Simons wins a corner. On this occasion, Depay’s delivery isn’t up to much and the ball is cleared by Dennis Dragus.

17 min: Netherlands corner, won by Denzel Dumfries. Depay’s delivery is excellent and the Netherlands win another corner. This one is met by Nathan Ake, who can’t steer his header goalwards.

15 min: Man on! Dennis Man, specifically. He dribbles in from the right and sends a shot flashing across the face of goal that whistles just over the bar. That was an excellent effort by the Romanian winger and he had Bart Vergruggen beaten.

12 min: The Netherlands string a few passes together and Xavi Simons plays a beautifully weighted pass in behind from the edge of the Romania penalty area for Memphis Depay to run on to. Nita is quick off his line to deny the Dutch striker as he tried to lift the ball over him. Offside, but not by much.

An early warning from Depay. Photograph: Antonio Calanni/AP

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11 min: Romania are giving the Netherlands plenty to think about in these early stages and are pinning them back deep in their own half. The Dutch are struggling to get the ball upfield.

9 min: Virgil van Dijk gets across to cut out a cross from Andre Ratiu, whose dyed blue hair makes him particularly conspicuous. Throw-in for Romania, deep in the Netherlands half of the pitch.

8 min: Pedants corner: Xavi Simons is, of course, a PSG player, who spent last season on loan at Leipzig. Apologies, it’s been a long couple of weeks.

6 min: Van Dijk picks out Simons with a ball down the left. The RB Leipzig winger cuts inside and has a pop and his shot takes a little deflection off Andre Ratiu. before sailing into the arms of Romania goalkeeper Florin Nita, who turns 37 tomorrow. Happy birthday to him.


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4 min: There’s a break in play as Ianis Hagi has a cut tended to. I think he shipped an accidental elbow to the head from Dumfries while trying to get on the end of that cross.

Ianis Hagi continues with a fetching hair net after a clump on the head. Photograph: Angelika Warmuth/Reuters

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2 min: The Netherlands play it out from the back with assorted Romanians yapping at the ankles of the defenders. They win the ball and Razvan Marin sends a wonderful cross into the Dutch penalty area, which Denzel Dumfries clears with his head.

Romania v Netherlands is go …

1 min: Having triumphed in the anthems (other opinions are available), the crowd (the Dutch look seriously outnumbered) and the coin-toss, Romania set about trying to make it four victories out of four by winning the match. Their players are in yellow, while those of the Netherlands wear blue with orange trim.

Memphis Depay slides in to challenge Radu Dragusin. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

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Not long now: Referee Felix Zwayer and his match officials lead out the teams in Munich and both sets of players line up for the national anthems. Kick-off in a very intriguing match-up is just a few minutes away.

Ajax winger Steven Bergwijn will make his 34th appearance for the Netherlands today and will be hoping to score his ninth goal. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

An email: “With Denzel back in the starting lineup, the Dutch are good for Equalizers 1, 2, and 3, if needed,” writes Peter Oh. It could be a long evening …

Denzel “Dumfries” Washington in the Equalizer 2. Photograph: Glen Wilson/Columbia Pictures/Allstar
Romania fans pose for the cameras. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images
A pair of Netherlands fans enjoy a pre-match beer. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Those teams: Ronald Koeman makes three changes to the side that started against Austria. Xavi Simons, Denzel Dumfries and Steven Bergwijn come into the Dutch team, with Joey Veerman, Donyell Malen and Lutsharel Geertruida dropping to the bench.

There are two changes for Romania. Vasile Mogos comes in for the suspended Nicusor Bancu and Florinel Coman makes way for Parma winger Dennis Man.

No Man is an island.

Netherlands: There has been a lot of soul-searching in the Dutch camp following their often lacklustre performances in the group stages, writes Paul MacInnes in Munich.

Romania v Netherlands line-ups

Romania: Nita, Ratiu, Dragusin, Burca, Mogos, Marius Marin, Man, Razvan Marin, Stanciu, Hagi, Dragus.

Subs: Rus, Nedelcearu, Alibec, Cicaldau, Puscas, Moldovan, Mihaila, Olaru, Tarnovanu, Sorescu, Racovitan, Birligea, Sut.

Netherlands: Verbruggen, Dumfries, de Vrij, van Dijk, Ake, Schouten, Reijnders, Bergwijn, Simons, Gakpo, Depay.

Subs: Geertruida, de Ligt, Wijnaldum, Weghorst, Frimpong, Bijlow, Van de Ven, Veerman, Blind, Brobbey, Maatsen, Zirkzee, Flekken, Gravenberch, Malen.

Today’s match officials

  • Referee: Felix Zwayer

  • Referee’s assistants: Stefan Lupp and Marco Achmuller

  • Fourth official: Daniel Siebert

  • Video assistant referee: Bastian Dankert

German referee Felix Zwayer is in charge of today’s game in Munich. Photograph: Action Press/REX/Shutterstock

Early team news

Romania manager Edward Iordanescu is without Nicusor Bancu, who is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the group stage. The left-back is expected to be rerplaced by one of Vasile Mogos or Deian Sorescu.

Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman has a full squad to choose from and could make a few changes after his side’s defeat at the hands of Austria, in which midfielder Joey Veerman was withdrawn for tactical reasons after 35 minutes.

Vasile Mogos

Round of 16: Romania v Netherlands

The surprise winners of a group also containing Slovakia, Belgium and Ukraine, Romania’s reward is an appointment with the Netherlands in Munich this evening. It’s their first time in the knockout stages of a majort tournament in 24 years and they have only won one such eliminator – a last-16 victory over Argerntina at USA 94 ) – in their entire history.

The Netherlands are trying to end a run of four consecutive defeats in the knockout stages of the Euros but have not been at their best thus far in this tournament. It’s a match that could go either way and kick-off in Munich is at 5pm (BST).


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